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USC Coach's Training Material

The USCAA attempts to give our volunteer coaches all the resources necessary to provide an elite training regimen without being too much of a burden on the coach's time.  Our Travel Soccer Commissioners have developed practice plans and curriculum to serve most coaching needs.


All of our Travel Soccer Coach volunteers are expected to acquire a National "F" license.  The “F” license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.


"F" license link


Training Session Plans and general coaching education materials can be found below.

 Team Management


Coaching Material


All you need to get started. Coaching philosophy, codes of conduct, Game Day preparation and how to talk to the kids.


 Player Education


At USC, We Want Our Players To Be Not Just Great Athletes On The Field, But Great People Off It. To Help Our Young Players, A Player Education Program Has Been Developed To Ensure That Players Are Educated On A Variety Of Different Topics To Help Educate Them About Their Off The Field Choices. 


SAQ Training

Our Speed, Agility And Quickness Training Is Fundamental To Developing Better Players. Focusing On The Key Areas That Will Make Them Quicker, Faster And More Agile Than Our Opponents. It Will Also Teach Them Many Physical Skills That Will Serve Them Not Just In Soccer But In Any Sport They Choose To Play. 



Tactical Play and Misc. 

Never get stuck on game day again! Our tactical advice section covers a wide numbers of scenarios you may find happen on game day. This is how we will develop our teams. Our aim is to see the problem and correct it as quickly as possible. Try some out in training and then use it in a game! 

USC Soccer Curriculum Player Code of Conduct
SAQ 1 Goal Kicks
Coaching Philosophy Game preparation SAQ 2
Counter Attack
Functional Circuit
SAQ 3 Exploit quick pass from goal
How NOT to talk to your kids
Goalpost safety SAQ 4 Goalie wars 
Game day warm up
First aid SAQ 5 50_small_sided_games 
Game day planner Diet nutrition   Attacking corners 
Game self assessment
  Total soccer psychology 
What makes a great sports parent
  Sports psychology Man Utd 
USCAA soccer rules
  Soccer psychology ebook
US Soccer Curriculum Part 1
    Coerver coaching- 8 drills

Technical Development 


Group Training

These group sessions cover a variety of topics and ensure that the players develop their understanding for the game. 


Tactical Training

Is your team looking to develop their tactical awareness? The sessions below are designed to help players learn more about the tactical side of the game and improve your teams overall performance on game day! 


Phase of Play

Player development is at the heart of any soccer club and at USC, our Phase of Play program is designed to help players get a better understanding for their role on the field when they are placed in different game situations. 

 Group Training Week 1  Attacking Play  Defending 1
 Group Training Week 2  Beating the Offside Trap  Defending 2
 Group Training Week 3  Control in the Air  Defending 3
 Group Training Week 4  Creative Player  Playing out of defense 1
 Group Training Week 5  Cut Backs  Playing out of defense 2
 Group Training Week 6  Playing in tight space  Playing out of defense 3
 Group Training Week 7  Possession  Playing through midfield 1
 Group Training Week 8  Pressing  Playing through midfield 2
 Game 1- 4v4 with keeper  Three way games  Playing through midfield 3
 Game 2- end zone game  Small sided games  Forward play 1
 Game 3- four goal wide game  Wide areas  Forward play 2
 Game 4 - possession passing  Zonal defending  Forward play 3


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Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania 15241

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